30 Minutes. This is a simple therapy with profound effects. In the subtle body, the nadis emerge from manipura (navel) chakra and supply energy to the upper and lower extremities and back. Kati basti has wide use for any pain, strain, or tension in lower or upper back. Can also be adapted to treat shoulder complaints such as frozen shoulder.
Medicated oils are applied over the affected area, encased in a black gram flour dough ring. The dough ring is about four to five inches in diameter and is placed on the back around the affected area. Usually it is applied to the lumbosacral area of the spine, which is a major site of vata. The warm oil is poured into the lower back in the dough ring. When the oil cools down, it is squeezed out with cotton balls and the procedure is repeated a few times.
The indications for this therapy are backache, degenerative spine changes, compressed discs, osteoporosis, sciatica, hip pain, shoulder pain, and spinal cord compression. Most of the time, vata dosha is the culprit in this area, so warm castor oil, or dashmoola oil, work well for kati basti. Brahmi oil will help heal nerve damage.
The healing properties of herbal oils used for this basti deeply clean and fortify the blood, build strong muscle and connective tissues, and help lubricate the joints.
Janu Basti is the same as above but for the knee joints.